According to a recent statement from BHP, the company has produced the first nickel sulphate crystals from its nickel sulphate plant in Kwinana in Western Australia.
The nickel sulphate plant is an Australian-first and will produce 100,000 tonnes of nickel sulphate per year when fully operational.
BHP Nickel West Asset President, Jessica Farrell, said: “BHP’s nickel sulphate plant is the first of its kind in Australia, and will produce enough premium nickel sulphate to make 700,000 electric vehicle batteries each year.
“The plant will create 80 new direct jobs and support 400 new indirect jobs, in addition to the 200 construction jobs that were created during the construction phase.
Over half of the plant was fabricated in Western Australia using local skills and suppliers, including the steel work, fibreglass leach vessels and stainless steel tanks.
50 per cent of the Kwinana refinery's electricity needs will also be powered by solar.
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